Webinars & Seminars

Zaniac Fieldtrips

Zaniac Partners with Schools!

Captivate your students with Zaniac’s high-tech STEAM experience!

Imagine your students as engineers for the day, immersed in the 3D design process and printing out their own creations.

Picture them using innovation to build motorized robots or to create apps. Zaniac partners with schools to better prepare students for the 21st century with STEAM skills!

We have Six NEW STEAM Programs this year and we can’t wait to share them with you! Join us for an Open House this Saturday, August 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Learn more about our New Programs and some of the popular ways we work with schools!

Field Trips to Zaniac 
Bring your students on a customized Field Trip to Zaniac to complete STEAM Challenges in our state-of-the-art high-tech campus!

STEAM Enrichment During School
Trained Zaniac instructors will come to your school during regular class hours to engage your students with customized STEAM Programs to fit your lesson plans.

Satellite Programs After School
Our After-School STEAM Programs can be customized for your school and classroom needs. Call us to hear more about our most popular after-school programs like Robotics, Coding and App Creation.

School Events
Partner with Zaniac at your School’s Events including STEM and STEAM Nights, STEAM Socials, Carnivals and Fairs. Let us engage kids and parents alike with STEAM activities at our Zaniac mobile booth. Plus, we give away cool Zaniac swag!

STEAM Socials
Come to Zaniac with your STEAM Club, honors students or entire class and have a STEAM Social at Zaniac during school, after school or on weekends.

STEAM Awareness Events
Zaniac works with STEAM education leaders, community leaders, and business leaders to collaboratively join forces to discuss STEAM education for K-12 with the goal of empowering our youth of tomorrowwith 21st century skills!

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Download our Zaniac for Schools Booklet!
Our Zaniac For Schools booklet details our various programs and all the ways we can partner to engage children with STEAM Learning!

Please contact me to talk about how Zaniac can support and complement your educational needs for the upcoming 2017-2018 School Year.

Co-Owner and Campus Manager
Lynne Porter

Humanities Webinars (free!)

Live, interactive professional development webinars on compelling topics by leading scholars for humanities educators and advocates of all levels. All webinars are free of charge. Provided by The National Humanities Center.



Humanities Spring Webinars

The National Humanities Center offers “America in Class” webinars. Located in Research Triangle Park, NC, the Center is the country’s only independent institute for advanced study in all branches of the humanities. Its fellowship program supports distinguished scholarship; its education programs provide professional development opportunities and instructional resources for pre-collegiate teachers; and its public programs strengthen understanding of the humanities and advocate for their foundational role in American society.

These classes are particularly relevant for social studies and English / Language Arts 4-12th grade teachers, but can also be well-suited for elementary teachers looking to strengthen background knowledge, which can then be shaped into developmentally appropriate content.

Teaching Death of a Salesman
Leader: Andrew Sofer, Boston College
Thursday, January 12, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Hidden Photos: A New Picture of the Black Struggle for Civil Rights
Leader: Martin A. Berger, University of California, Santa Cruz
Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
The Poetry of Rita Dove
Leader: Rita Dove, Poet
Thursday, January 19, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Teaching Langston Hughes
Leader: Carmella Williams, Author
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Islam in America: A Cultural History
Leader: Ellen McLarney, Duke University
Thursday, January 26, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
JFK: The First Television President
Leader: Ellen Fitzpatrick, University of New Hampshire
Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Modern Art Comes to America: The Armory Show
Leader: Marshall Price, Nasher Museum
Thursday, February 9, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET
Roosevelt at Rushmore
Leader: Thomas Brown, University of South Carolina
Thursday, March 9, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm ET

Self-Paced Courses in History: Earn 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU)

We are a Gilder Lehrman affiliated school! Take advantage of one of these self-paced courses!



Facing History

Webinars, workshops, & seminars with lots of opportunity for teacher scholarships



Computational Thinking for Educators

This is a self-paced course offered during the month of September (in order to receive a certificate, you’ll need to complete the hours before October 1), and will offer relevant course material for the humanities, math, and science in K-12.

To register, click here: https://computationalthinkingcourse.withgoogle.com/preview

Free Fall 2015 Webinars: 6-12

Free Webinars offered in the evenings!

These topics generally fall into the humanities: Social Studies & English.

Great Seminars for 5+ CEUs K-12

Upcoming Teacher Workshops: Register online at WRESA.org for all of the workshops listed below except for the HELPS workshop.

Sunshine & Storm: Using fictional text to promote science literacy

Date:  February 18, 2015. Credit hours: 5

Be ready to fall in love with Sunshine and Storm, the pictorially delightful characters of this funny and touching story of friendship. But be prepared to delve into the study of weather and living things as the story unfolds. Session participants will engage in science activities that will promote student understanding in the study of weather as well as in the study of living things. =This workshop is designed for K-2 teachers. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Dr. Karen Summer (WRESA/ksumner@wresa.org/828.418.0011, ext. 26) and Dr. Teresa Cowan (The Science House/thcowan@ncsu.edu/828.418.0011, ext. 17).

Enhancing the “E” in STEM – Arduinos in Action

Date:  February 25, 2015. Credit hours: 5

Arduinos….Ready to enhance the “E” in STEM? Then this session is meant for you. Participants will be exposed to the Arduino, a mini micro-processor that is being used worldwide for low cost electronics and development. This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to explore the use of Arduino in their K-12 classrooms to promote STEM education. This session is open to all grade levels, content areas and experience is not required. The session will be lead by Dan Alich, an instructor at the Macon Early College High School and inventor of Duinokits (http://www.duinokit.com/) and co-facilitated by Dr. Teresa H. Cowan, Director of The Science House Mountain Satellite Office.

STEM to Your Doorstep – Grades K-5 and 6-12Dates:  February 23, 2015 and February 24, 2015, Credit hours: 5

K-5 or 6-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers, what do you need to boost the STEM curriculum in your schools?  How about free access to technology, resources and lab materials for use in the classroom? Now, the real question is how can you make this happen? After the training session, you will be eligible to participate in the equipment loan program through The Mountain Satellite Office of The Science House.

Brain Science: Applications for the Classroom SettingDate:  March 10, 2015. Credit hours: 5

Looking for ways to enhance student achievement and student engagement? This session is the means to that end. Dr. David Hardy will provide information and knowledge of how the brain works. This knowledge will then be expanded upon for applying brain-based strategies in a middle or high school setting. Session will include strategies to enhance instructional lessons, activities to incorporate into specific classroom settings, and a project-based evaluation of classroom learning environments. Content of this workshop is designed to promote classroom instruction for all middle and high school teachers but can be applicable to all.

HELPS: Helping Early Literacy with Practices Strategies

Date:  Saturday, March 21, 2015; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Registration Fee:  $15 (PENC members) $25 (non-members). Credit hours: 4. Please visit www.pencweb.org/workshops to register.

HELPS training will be a half-day, 4-hour workshop that will begin with an overview of the HELPS (Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies) One-on-One program, followed by training and practice opportunities.  HELPS Program site: http://www.helpsprogram.org/index.php


Energy Island: 5th Grade Interdisciplinary (ELA & Science) Study

Date: April 14, 2015; 9:00am-3:00pm

Registration Fee:  $45.00

Join us for a day of science and literacy as we explore the informational text Energy Island, an inspiring true story about how citizens of Samso, an island in Denmark, drastically reduced their carbon emissions and became almost completely energy-independent. Participants will explore the use of informational text as the focal point in delivering an interdisciplinary unit; a unit designed to promote literacy and science as well as the possibilities of energy independence.


North Carolina Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom (NC AITC)

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2015, Credit hours: 6

This workshop offers classroom-ready activities and lesson plans. It will focus upon several unique aspects of agriculture with exploration of the work taking place on the farm.  Teachers will leave better prepared to educate students and to help them understand the sources of their food, fiber, and forestry products native to their local school district.

Highlighted Teacher Opportunities: 

Darwin’s Birthday Celebration: February 12th from 4-7pm. Please join the WCU Department of Biology for our third Darwin’s Birthday celebration at WCU UC ILLUSIONS on Feb 12th 2015 4-7PM. Come eat some pizza at 5 and enjoy the celebrated Darwin scholar Dr. Jim Costa’s talk “Teaching Darwin With Darwin” at 5:30. Chuck, and some other primates will be making personal appearances!! Don’t miss it. Bring several copies of your favorite evolution lesson plans to swap, bring an artifact for the “Form and Function Game”, engage with evolution poster presentations by WCU students and faculty, marvel at the show and tell artifact table, and kick back and spend some quality downtime with your colleagues. Mark your calendars and please RSVP to Amanda Clapp: aclapp@jcpsmail.org.

WWII STEM week-long professional development opportunity

The National WWII Museum is excited to announce a week-long professional development opportunity to take place in the summer of 2015 for middle school (5-8th grade) science teachers. Twenty eight teachers from across the country will come to New Orleans to experience hands-on how necessity, knowledge, perseverance and skill lead to inventions, innovation, and careers in STEM—just like in World War II. This opportunity is supported by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. Teachers will receive free room and board in New Orleans, a travel stipend, and all seminar materials free of charge. We are looking for great young teachers nationwide, and the application period begins January 5th 2015. Please visit http://www.nationalww2museum.org/realworldscience for more information and to signup for email updates.

Climate Change Conversation: Join the climate change conversation with a panel of distinguished scientists and experts specializing in climate change are monitoring the hashtag at#ClimateDoorstep and help spread the word! The Daily Climate, a nonprofit online news source, has launched a new interactive, online community to significantly expand its coverage of climate change impacts that are occurring right now in your own backyard

No Cost STEM Resource: Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn was developed with the goal of bringing science and astronomy to ALL students, including those who are visually impaired.  Created in partnership with the Space Telescope Institute and with Braille overlays provided by theNational Braille Press, the iBook is now available from iTunes or from http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/astronomy.


K-5: Using Hands-on Science to Build Amazing Literature Connections

Thursday, November 20, 20143:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern Time) Show in My Timezone
Presented by Steve Spangler, Early Childhood Science Specialist and Founder, SteveSpanglerScience.com

Early childhood teachers know that getting children excited about science is only part of the challenge. Today’s young learners need more than excitement and motivation – they need opportunities to actually DO more science on a daily basis.  Steve Spangler shares his creative ideas and strategies to teach hands-on science through the medium of children’s literature. Learn how to use elements of the storyline to get students to think more like a scientist. You’ll be ready to create a collection of STEM experiences your children will never forget.

Re-branding Digital Citizenship

Thursday, November 20, 20145:00 PM – 6:00 PM (Eastern Time) Show in My Timezone
Presented by Tanya Avrith, Technology and Innovation Specialist

Having a concrete digital citizenship plan is critical for all stakeholders (students, teachers, administrators and parents) when rolling out devices. However, digital citizenship education is much more than teaching our students about appropriate use of technology.  While there are valid concerns about how it is used, it is our responsibility as educators to embrace the medium and teach our students how to harness it in a positive and meaningful way.

  • Do your students understand how to use technology in a safe and responsible way?
  • Are they creating and collaborating with the world?

This session will address a framework to get started with teaching digital citizenship in your class/school. Learn ideas on how you can begin to teach your students how to build their digital identities and become caring citizens of a connected world using social media and the web.


Click here to register.

How Horseplay Leads to Bullying

Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
In a large number of bullying incidents, the bully truly believes that their actions are part of a “give and take” scenario of horseplay with the victim.  The bully is genuinely surprised to learn that what they are doing is bullying. Join middle school administrator Shannon Holden as he explains procedures to reduce the amount of horseplay that takes place in hallways, bathrooms, and classrooms.


A recording of this webinar is available to view.   To receive CE credit, view the recording, take the quiz, and request the certificate of completion!